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Pap Smear

Taking charge of your health is not just a responsibility; it's an empowering choice. Here at Dr R Fuentes Medical Practice, we understand the importance of proactive women's health care. One essential aspect of this care is the pap smear, a pivotal screening tool in early detection and prevention.

Why are pap smears an essential part of women's health care?

  • Pap smears are primarily designed to detect abnormalities in the cells of the cervix, the lower part of the uterus. Early detection of these abnormalities can prevent the progression of cervical cancer.
  • Cervical cancer is highly preventable with regular pap smears. Identifying and addressing abnormal cell changes early on significantly reduces the risk of developing cervical cancer.
  • Beyond cancer prevention, pap smears offer insights into your reproductive health. They can detect infections, inflammation, or hormonal changes impacting your overall well-being.

What can I expect during a pap smear?

  • Comfortable Setting: Pap smears are performed in Dr Fuentes' practice room. He ensures a comfortable and private setting, allowing you to discuss any concerns before the procedure begins.
  • Quick & Painless: The pap smear is quick and relatively painless. Dr Fuentes uses a small brush or spatula to collect a sample of cells from the cervix. While you may experience a brief sensation, the discomfort is minimal.
  • Professional & Sensitive Approach: Dr Fuentes conducts pap smears with professionalism and sensitivity. Your comfort and well-being are prioritised throughout the process.

How often should I be getting a pap smear?

The frequency of pap smears depends on a few things, such as your age, health history, and previous pap smear results. Typically, women should start pap smears around the age of 21 or when they become sexually active. From here, regular screenings are recommended every 3 years.

How does HPV testing relate to pap smears?

Human Papillomavirus (HPV) is a common sexually transmitted infection that can lead to cervical cancer. In some cases, Dr Fuentes may recommend HPV testing in conjunction with pap smears to enhance the accuracy of cervical cancer screening. This decision depends on your age, health history and previous pap smear results.

If you're due for a pap smear or have questions about cervical cancer screening, schedule an appointment with Dr Fuentes.